While no one particular food group can ensure total health, consuming a variety of fresh food on a regular basis is proven to improve health as each group contain their own health benefits. Seafood in particular offer some great health benefits:
- Improves heart health: Heart disease remains a real concern for many South Africans today. Eating fatty fish such as salmon, sardines, mackerel and tuna just once or twice a week can reduce your risk of a heart-related death by 36%.
- Boosts brain power: The above-mentioned fish contain healthy Omega-3 fatty acids which improve memory.
- Makes you happy: The National Institute of Aging in the US conducted an observational study of middle-aged African-American and Caucasian adults. This study looked at omega-3 and omega-6 intake and the rate of self-reported symptoms of depression. The results for women, in particular, were very interesting: those who consumed higher levels of omega-3s – regardless of their omega-6 intake – had significantly lower risks of being depressed.
- Maintains good eye sight: Eating plenty of seafood keeps eyes bright and healthy as fish and shellfish contain retinol, a form of Vitamin A, which can also improve night vision.
- Your bones will thank you: Incorporating seafood into a balanced diet can reduce symptoms of rheumatoid arthritis and, as some studies suggest, prevent osteoarthritis.
- Glow from within: Omega-3 fatty acids protect the skin from harmful UV rays and fish is also a great source of protein, which is an essential ingredient of collagen, a substance which keeps the skin firm and flexible.
- Fewer calories: Compared to other protein sources like meat and poultry, fish is considered a lower calorie option. Most lean or lower fat species of fish, such as sole, and even fattier fish like mackerel or herring, contain relatively few calories making it a great choice for those looking to lose or maintain an ideal weight.
The evidence is undeniable – seafood is good for your overall health! Why not try our Whole Roasted Silver recipe to kick off the new year in a healthy way? Nothing beats a good fish braai and you’ll want to ensure you have a Stainless Flexi-Grilling Basket, Round Perforated Grid (to prevent small items e.g. mussels and shrimp from falling through the grid) and some Cedar or Alder Grilling planks in stock.